Interview with Lady Gaga
Thispast summer, while winding down her Fame Ball world tour in Japan, Lady Gaga, a.k.a.
23-year-old-Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, gave us an exclusive look at a side of the
Haus of Gaga that most fans never get to see: her life offstage, which, unsurprisingly, is just as
wildly insane as her life on stage. Here, we present Gaga (with handwritten notes by the Lady
herself), as she takes TokyoandOsaka, gets inked (twice) and then prepares for an S&M scene
with the legendary Japanese photographer Araki. The Gaga epidemic has clearly gone global.
Yellowhighlighted- what they valuesin life, what they believe in and what they stand for.
INTERVIEW:Your albumThe Fame came out last year, but, inarguably, 2009has been the
year of Gaga. How are youfeeling?
LADY GAGA: It's been a life-changing year for me creatively asa musician and a performance
artist. I walk away fromthe Fame Ball humbled by my little monsters-my fans-and proudof
the Haus for all its successesamidst the adversity of the industry. We killed it.
INTERVIEW:Yougot two tattoosin Japan. What's the one on your inner arm that yougot in
LADY GAGA: That one commemoratesmy favourite writer, Rainer Maria Rilke, a poet and
romantic philosopher. In German he writes, "Confessto yourself in the deepest hour of the
night whether youwould have to die if youwere forbiddento write. Dig deep into your heart,
where the answer spreads its rootsin your being, and ask yourself solemnly, Must I write?"
INTERVIEW:What about the second love tattoo on your shoulder, the one yougot in Tokyo?
LADY GAGA: That was to celebrate the Haus's collaborationwith legendary Japanese
photographer Araki. I was bound by Araki'spersonal bondage artist, by severalropesand
Japanese knots, and through a visceralbondage and sexual-torture experience, Araki
photographedme, using a series of severalcameras. He did not photographmy image; he
photographedmy soul. We spent the night with Arakiand his friends at a members' only bar
he's owned for more than 20 years, where he displays his work. Here, he painted me and took
Polaroidsthrough the night. I was honoured to be the first Americanwoman he's
photographed, and only the second pop artist, in the company of Björk. He signed the
Polaroids"Tokyo Love," andthe Haus got tattoosof his marking in celebration.
INTERVIEW:Lady Gaga fans are some of the most obsessive out there right now. How do you
relate to them?
LADY GAGA: I love my little monsters. Now I live and create only for them.